For those who believe the mind needs as much nourishment as the body, the Dance Salad Festival 2010 is about the most well-rounded cultural offering in town. Now in its 15th year in Houston, the three-day performance series unites troupes as disparate as they are extraordinary, including the Norwegian National Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Flanders and the Hungarian National Ballet. But today's highlight comes courtesy of the Lone Star State's own Texas Ballet Theater. Sure, they're from just down the road in Dallas and didn't travel thousands of miles to be here like some of the other companies, but they're presenting a new pas de deux, From the Corner, choreographed by Ben Stevenson, former artistic director of the Houston Ballet. That's worth the price of admission, alone. All told, the weekend's performances will tell the stories of everyone from Anna Karenina to Ulysses; use the music of Ravel, Bach, Beethoven and Rossini; and test the limits of the classical-modern dance spectrum. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-621-1461 or visit www.dancesalad.org. $19 to $47.
April 1-3, 2010